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Jul 10, 2013 3:37 PM by Ian Auzenne

LCEF hosting license plate design contest

The Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation will soon have its own special license plate, and the organization is asking Louisiana residents to help design the new tags.

Governor Bobby Jindal signed into a law a bill co-authored by Carencro Representative Stephen Ortego and New Orleans Senator Karen Carter Peterson calling for the new license plates.

"The cultural economy is the largest employing industry in Louisiana," Ortego said. "It was an honor to carry legislation to help the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation in its mission to help cultural entrepreneurs in Louisiana."

To participate in the design contest, you must be a Louisiana resident 21 years of age or older. The deadline to submit an application is September 16. The winner will be notified on October 21, and the winning design will be unveiled November 2 at LCEF's annual banquet.

The full contest rules are as follows:
• Download the license plate template found online at
• Create a plate design with the theme "Louisiana Culture."
• All entries must be original work and not copied from another artist, designer, a copyrighted image. Please do not submit any work copied from published photographs, magazines, book illustrations or other artwork.
• Submit a high-resolution version of your design via the website as a .jpg, .pdf, or .tif file.
• Label your file with your last name, first name, and parish, each separated by an underscore (e.g. Smith_John_Orleans.jpg).
• Once submitted, your artwork cannot be entered into any other competition.

Design Specifications:

• Plate designs cannot contain more than three colors.
• Plate designs cannot interfere with the visibility of the number series or the plate prefix; the box for the number series and prefix must be left free of design. (NOTE: You may see examples of past plates where there was a background color behind the numbers. This is now illegal, even though some of those plates are still in existence.)
• Plate must bear the word "Louisiana" visibly at the top of the plate. Artist is free to design the font.
• The plate design should also contain Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation and the tag line: Culture Means Business.
• The plate design must be able to fit to the dimensions designated by the license plate template.
• To view suitable examples for specialty plates, go to Under the "Vehicle Services" tab, click on "Specialty Plates Viewer." Suitable plate examples include the "Educator," "Honey Bee," "Coastal Conservation." Unsuitable examples include any plate with color hindering the numbers and prefix box, like "Endangered Species," "Environmental Education," or "Protect Wild Dolphins."
• Entries may not contain any language, imagery or symbolism that is vulgar, profane, or offensive.
• The initial round of judging will be overseen by a panel of experts from across the state. The LCEF Board of Directors will have final approval.
• Incomplete entries or entries that violate any of the rules will result in automatic disqualification.
• After the winner is selected, there will be a period when 1,000 of the plates must be pre-sold in order to have the plate passed into production.
• Call for Artists: June 20, 2013.
• Deadline for submissions: September 16, 2013.
• The winner will be notified by October 21, 2013; winner will receive two complimentary tickets to LA Fête Louisiane, the LCEF's annual fundraiser event.
• The license plate design unveiling and presale launch will be November 2, 2013 at LA Fête Louisiane, LCEF's annual fundraiser.

Helpful hints:
• Creativity is key, but so is simplicity. The winning license plate must be easy to read and distinguish. Keep in mind that it will be travelling up to 75 mph!
• Studies have shown that the top reason people order a specialty license plate is because it is attractive. Design a plate that people will want to buy.
• LCEF is a statewide organization that represents all cultural disciplines. Be creative in your thinking about what image will best represent Louisiana culture.



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